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>> live from dw here in berlin, this is the "journal." >> barack obama and benjamin netanyahu reaffirm u.s.-israeli ties and stress a common stance against iran. >> bailout crisis meetings continue in cyprus as the central bank announces the banks will remain shut until next week. >> and from berlin to the himalayan kingdom of bhutan, we asked what makes people smile on the international day of happiness. it is a visit heavier on symbolism than on substance. president barack obama is in israel right now, where he has promised america's enduring support for the jewish state. he also stressed the need for peace. >> but obama is not expected to provide new initiatives or policy moves in the area of the middle east peace process, which is secondary to israeli leaders when compared to the possibility of a nuclear iran. president obama and prime minister netanyahu have given a press conference. we will talk to our jerusalem correspondent about that in a moment. >> but first, the israeli president said that president barack obama has a vision that can transform the middle east. the p
of a nuclear iran. president obama and prime minister netanyahu have given a press conference. we will talk to our jerusalem correspondent about that in a moment. >> but first, the israeli president said that president barack obama has a vision that can transform the middle east. the pair met earlier in jerusalem at the start of obama 's first visit to israel as u.s. president. >> the pair said they both thought the greatest danger in the region would be a nuclear- capable of man and that he trusted obama's policy to prevent that from happening. >> obama was greeted by children singing in hebrew, english, and arabic -- a heartwarming welcome for the u.s. president. but behind the smiles, there were serious issues to be discussed. the u.s. counts as israel's most powerful ally, but this is obama's first trip to the country since he took office. >> to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations, to restate america's unwavering commitment to israel's security, and to speak directly to the people of israel and to your neighbors. >> the israeli government hopes washington can help tackle t
that photototof netanyahu and obama sitting on the couch in the white house? >> the oval office. >> do you remember that? >> sure. being lectured. >> the whole body posture and so forth. but some of the video emerging from this trip is so authentic and even the words of netanyahu describing obama and what he means, what obama means to him in this relationship. a true friend. it was very authentic. >> yes, i think it was. and i think they did have, for the first time really, the kind of environment and personal contact within that environment that made this all possible, and they all both know, and certainly they know how important a good personal relationship is on an issue as complicated and as difficult here. that is an essential way to be able to resolve it. >> john, let's get beyond -- >> do you give the obamas credit for working it out that way? >> yes, i think they both deserve credit but i think the president made a major step forward. a, in the visit. he had not visited before, b, in terms of the tone, and c -- >> you know netanyahu well. netanyahu has some rough edges. obama's rou
differences in strategic outlook that president obama and prime minister netanyahu have. on the iranian nuclear weapons program, number one. and on dealing with the palestinians. other issues involved. but those remain the two top sticking points in a relationship that remains very troubled, despite the happy photo opportunity. >> what is it going on behind closed doors in the -- had the would sat next to each other we are not hearing about? >> i think the president -- let's talk the palestinian peace process as an example. obviously recognizes that there is a long, long way to go before any possible breakthroughs. i think that's one reason he is not putting his prestige on the line. he is putting john kerry's prestige on the line and let him worry about it for a while. supposed major change in obama's position of not insisting on israel stopping settlement construction on the west bank and as a pre-condition to direct talks. it is only a change intact particulars. it is not a change in his preferred outcome of the palestinian state with borders that approximate mate the line. i think y
president obama and netanyahu. of course president obama is saying to netanyahu, look, do what you got to do, we got your back. how do you see it moving forward? >> i think this was a successful trip. what he did, what president obama did was to give netanyahu a green light. do what you got to do and we've got your back. they have said that before but in the press conference, i thought was very revealing. they kept repeating it. president obama then said we're going to give you a lot more assistance, military assistance to deal with that. netanyahu thanked him for it and said at the end of the press conference that he couldn't resist, now for all of those, i want to make sure you understand the president has really done something significant. he is going to give us the military assistance that we need. i think to translate it all, netanyahu, you do what you got to do. you've got a green light to do it. we will give you the assistance that you need to do it. we will have your back but we're not going to with you shoulder to shoulder. >> arthel: let's go here and what do you think is the presi
of israel, president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu. thanks for being with us. join us at 5:00, 6:00, and 11:00. have a great day, everybody. report. here's brian williams. >> good day from new york and the middle east in just a moment. as you may know president obama has started his first trip to israel as president. in jerusalem, the president and benjamin netanyahu are going to come before cameras and reporters. we expect joint statements. one first from netanyahu of israel and then president obama and then very limited questioning from the assembled press core there. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel is covering this. effective with netanyahu saying at the airports thank you for standing with israel. the business of this trip may have been accomplished meaning getting there was part of the issue. >> reporter: it certainly was. the president received a lot of criticism for waiting until his second term to come to israel. so much has changed since the president's first visit to the middle east when he went to cairo, addressed the arab world and talked about the
""the washington post."" obama and netanyahu show unusual solidarity. "the daily beast," obama and netanyahu make peace. and from "the christian science monitor," a show of warmth. joining me is p.j. crowley. good to see you. >> hello, chris. good morning. >> evidence of this warming relationship came from the prime minister himself. let me play for you what he said. >> i think that people should get to know president obama the way i've gotten to know him. >> do you sense just from what you've seen over the last 24 hours or so, p.j., that this relationship is warming? if that's true, how important is it? >> well, it is important. you know, there are major strategic issues that -- and a really shared vision between the united states and israel on the big things. iran, the middle east peace process, and i'm sure the president and prime minister talked about syria as well. clearly, they've had strains in their relationship, but these are both skilled politicians. yesterday was about, you know, putting a floor on their relationship because they're going to be governing together, yo
hours together, probably the most intense conversations and time netanyahu and obama have ever spent together. obama has said there is not any leader he has sat with more than netanyahu. this is the most intense period of time that they have had. each one has sober expectations. they have been at this for four years. obama knows that they have different political visions. and it cannot do know is that netanyahu -- netanyahu knows obama is less inclined towards intervention. this could be a good thing. from the israel side, my sense is -- hear about the layout howe saw the conversation and then lay out some other key points, syria, lebanon, and the palestinian issue -- on iran, i think it is clear that men -- that netanyahu people go in, when we hear that certain weaponry has been moved out of the goals, or diplomacy has been indecisive, how do they relate to that? the red line that denis mentioned and the iaea report -- they are down in a uranium. netanyahu will say, i have been vindicated and with red lines. i told you so, mr. president trip obama will say, maybe that means we have
was greeted by netanyahu and israeli president perez. before leaving the a airport, president obama was shown the israeli air force system which the u.s. helped pay for. he met with president perez and took part in a ceremonial tree planting. >> there is a common vision uniting us. to confirm dangers. to bring closure as soon as possible. >> i reaffirm president perez, as i will throughout my visit, that in this work, the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. right now as president meets with prime minister netanyahu, major issues, like syria, iran's nuclear program, stalled peace talks. ish a us taking center stage and joining me live now from jerusalem, host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. also my friend and colleague, martin fletcher. along with "newsweek" daily beast editor, elizabeth roug. when the news conference starts, well take it live. this trip, andrea, a postally a symbolic one but there are very serious foreign policy issues here, not the least of being the civil war in syria. the white house says it is looking into allegations about t
eric cantor got an invitation, but he said he was too busy. president obama and netanyahu were busy watching developments in syria where rebels claim their president used chemical weapons on their own people. president obama says he's skeptical assad used chemical weapons. >> we have been clear that the use of chemical weapons guess against the syrian people would be a mistake. >> by the way, netanyahu agrees with president obama on syria conservatives tried to use our relationship with israel to grab votes. they accused president obama of not getting it. and some called him the most antiisrael president in history. bb set the record straight. >> i want to thank you for the investment you've made in our relationship and strengthening the alliance between our countries. the president has reaffirmed more than any other president, israel's right and duty to defend itself against any threat. so it's a pro found honer to host you, the leader of the free world, at this historic time in our ancient capital. welcome to israel. >> let's turn to policy analyst for the center for american prog
, deeply rejects it. mr. netanyahu sees president obama as suspect envelope -- as an appeaser, who does not see the real world as it is, so projects weakness to a hostile and dangerous middle east. this has been a strained relationship. there were some ups, but mostly downs. here is the potential to really change that relationship. now that president obama comes to israel as victorious, as with the mag nimity and generosity of a victorious president who won the elections, does not have netanyahu threatening him, he can reach out and try to prove to them that he is a real friend and this demonization of him was totally wrong. >> now, according to the polls, and you know better than i whether the polls are accurate reflection, is israelis are suspicious of this president, despite the long-standing ties and generosity on the missile defense system and other security issues, there's a real sense he hasn't shown israel the love. other presidents didn't come in their first term, ronald reagan never came as president, but at the same time they expected him to come, especially after he went to
is between president obama and prime minister netanyahu on the issue of boxing iran in so to speak? >> i think he has lost that fight at least for the time being. the president, in an interview he gave to israel television a few days ago, said that he thinks it's probably a year before iran can acquire a nuclear weapon so there's still time for negotiations. you may recall that in his u.n. general assembly speech when he held up that diagram of the bomb and the red line drawn across the top of it, that netanyahu talked about the summer of this year being the critical moment. now, what's happened since then is that the iranians seem to have recognized netanyahu's red line and as they acquire through the centrifuge cascade process enriching uranium 20%, as they get closes to one bomb's worth, bibi's red line, they've been moving some of that enriched material off into fuel rods which make it harder for them to use for a nuclear weapon so they're staying beneath bibi's red line for the time being and as long as they do that,
. seemed that peres and netanyahu gave the president a pretty warm welcome. peres called obama a great president and world leader. i think they spent like 15 or 20 minutes together and there he's signing the welcome guest book. did you read anything into what you heard, ambassador ginsburg so far today or see anything that you think is notable at this point? >> well, two things. first of all, chris, the fact is that the president made it very clear from the time that he landed at the airport that he was going to talk directly to the israeli people to try to reassure them that this alliance between the united states and israel is unshakable. and there's a lot of suspicion among israelis over the president's intentions given the turmoil in the region. number two, the president made it very clear that he also believes that israel's security is dependent on reaching the peace with the palestinians. that's why he used the euphemism that he looks for a peace in the holy land. and so there's no doubt that with respect to the messages that he sent on the ground, chris, it was, one, i have your
this trip a very successful one. you know, they had prime minister netanyahu and president obama had their moments. they exchanged laughs. there were, you know, it was a far cry from a moment in the oval office that we saw last year where there was very -- there was a lot of tension. i think that he sort of achieved what he wanted to do there on iran, on middle east peace, on trying to move that along a little. so i think he sort of, you know, this was a trip to really sort of embrace israel, to kind of give them a nod. he hadn't gone his entire four years, his entire first term. so i think that this was a largely positive trip for him. >> andy, the speech the president delivered to young palestinians and israelis on thursday, it was -- it was a great speech. let's listen to some of that. oh, i wish we could have. i just got from my director we don't have it. it was a great speech. did you interpret it that way, as well? i mean it seemed to appeal to both sides. all the applause that was peppered throughout that speech. >> the speech on thursday was the centerpiece of this trip for p
all the tension there has been between myself, president obama and benjamin netanyahu iran, that could be the other audience saying i'm going to stand with israel against you. he might be trying to signal to tehran that even though he does not get along with benjamin netanyahu, the premier, he will thwart iran's nuclear program. this is a meet and greet type initiative. we'll have to see if something of substance comes out of it. i'm doubtful. >> michael: it sounds like you're doubtful. but tell us little bit more about that relationship that you alluded to. what is the relationship between obama and netanyahu like? >> it's very, very tense obviously. three years ago to the week is when vice president joe biden went to jerusalem, a trip that i covered for the "washington post," and to do the very same thing, make nice to israelis, to reassure them that they have u.s. support at a time when they feel isolated regionally and internationally. that trip blew up when there was an israeli announcement during the trip of new settlement construction in east jerusalem. this led to a harsh rebuk
. >> reporter: now, they also discussed, netanyahu and obama, the issue of iran and syria. yesterday the theme of the day was red line. so on iran, the big news is that prime minister netanyahu and president obama agree that iran is at least a year away. netanyahu agrees with the u.s. intelligence timeline on that issue. but it sounds like netanyahu got what he wanted to hear out of the president, which is making sure nothing was being taken off the table. take a listen. >> i think that there's a misunderstanding about time. if iran decides to go for a nuclear weapon, that is to actually manufacture the weapon, then it probably -- then it will take them about a year. we do have a common assessment on the schedules, on intelligence. we share that intelligence. we don't have any argument about it. >> reporter: and as for syria, the president would not yet confirm whether u.s. intelligence believes chemical weapons have been used, but he seemed to issue the assad regime a warning. >> we have to make sure that we know exactly what happened, what was the nature of the incident, what can we document
. >> thank you very much, everybody. >> president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu just wrapping up their pros conference in jerusalem. let's get right to andrea mitchell who is there with more on what with we just heard. andrea, lots of ground covered today. >> a lot of ground covered. i think what you saw at the end there was the beginning of a new relationship. if you can think back it kato casablanca, perhaps. the president calling netanyahu bb. you did not hear netanyahu calling the president barak. pointing out the president has committed to talks on a new extension of their long-term military engagement. you heard netanyahu saying if you get to know the president the way i have gotten to know him, communicating to the israeli people polling very negatively on barack obama that there is more to obama than has been previously understood and clearly both sides were at fault in how much they got off on the wrong foot. we saw our own chuck todd getting in four questions, not just the one permitted. well, it is almost passover and it is almost a jewish joke that you ask
public that although president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu hasn't had necessarily the coziest of relationships, that the two countries are still aligned to one another. in fact, the israeli embassy in washington released this video that we're about to show you to just show the connection between the two countries. >> warmly welcome president obama to israel. to express our appreciation for what he has done for us. >> the bond between the united states and israel are unbreakable. and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is ironclad. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ traveled down the road >> reporter: so obviously president obama and prime minister netanyahu may not have had the coziest of relationships, but the two countries are reaffirming their alliance to one another, especially in the next couple of days. richard? >> that video reminding us of jibjab perhaps. thank you. >>> the pentagon is launching an investigation into the safety of mortars following an explosion monday night on a base in nevada. this morning the military confirmed
their differences. >> we know he was sort of a supporter of romney. >> netanyahu preferred romney over obama. >> trying to influence an american election. >> there's a lot of water under the bridge. >> i think it is absolutely outrageous. >> you only tease the ones you love. >> some republicans coil at the party plans for the future. >> i know what our principles are. >> the chairman is in the hot seat. >> i am looking to get into communities in the hundreds. >> show up any time. >> i know what our principles are. >> it is what you say and do when you get there matters most to people. >> our party believes marriage is between one man and one woman. >> they haven't changed their policies. >> house republicans tomorrow vote on the ryan budget. >> notorious paul ryan budget. >> putting out yet again a budget. >> an actual budget, political manifesto or long term liability? >> we are not going to refight the past. >> our budget and your budget contrast. >> what happens next? >>> republican re-branding week continues to go, well, badly. especially if you listen to republicans. >> if any party nee
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president obama and prime minister netanyahu playing basketball together or something. it's always been a traditionally frosty relationship. i suppose it's a lot of fence mending going on here. is it warming up at all there? >> there is some evidence already that it's warming up a bit. look, do not expect these two very different men and their personal characteristics and their political philosophy, president obama left of center, prime minister netanyahu right of center, no question netanyahu favored romney in the presidential election. i talked to a top u.s. official the other day who put it this way, he said "they're stuck with each other." both of these guys just won elections. the president starting his second term. prime minister netanyahu put together his coalition government. iran is a huge policy issue, trying to restart the peace process is a huge issue, if they have a better personal relationship they can get things done. you saw first thing this morning the prime minister tries to crack a joke, he says if you can ditch your security detail, i have a fake mustache and we'll g
obtaining nuclear weapons. netanyahu thanked obama for reaffirming the right to defend themselves against threats. >> foremost is iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. >> he said he appreciated u.s. efforts to stop the iranian nuclear program. he said those tools must be augmented by a clear and credible threat of military action. >>> police in south korea are investigating what they suspect is a cyber attack against the institutions.al computer networks at key media outlets and major banks shut down, leaving employees staring at blank monitors and people unable to withdraw cash from atms. >>> south korea's public broadcasr sa the network thousas of computers. police say two other broadcasters reported similar problems. company officials warned employees not to allow the problem to spread further. >>> spokespersons for shinhan bank say their automatic teller machines stopped working at around the same time. >> translator: i have never seen such a crush before. we are really in trouble as we were suddenly paralyzed. >> reporter: the national police agency has dispatched cyber terrorism invest
from the threats of iran. obama made the remarks after meeting with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> we agree that a nuclear armed iran would be a threat to the region, the world and a threat to israel. >> obama said he would prefer to resolve the issue dip lolomatlyt he said people in his administration will do whatever is necessary to keep them from obtaining weapons. >> foremost among these is iran's
there was a lack of trust between obama and netanyahu. and this is something that will transpire later but to me, e of the most important potential outcomes of this visit would be to restore or to build from the outset. >> rose: a relationship between netanyahu and obama. >> and obama, where they can trust each other. >> but that starts, i think, with him building the relationship of trust with the israeli public. you see, his approval ratings went down to 10. that is what they were on friday before they went there. and the irony is that they also went down to 10 in the arab world. because what the arabs wanted was him to fulfill his promise to solve the palestinian problem. when he didn't do that and didn't close guantanamo they lost faith in him. now, i think, us through this speech and through the actions that he has taken on this trip, he will restore or reintroduce himself to the israeli public. >> rose: he wants to reset the israeli-u.s. relationship. >> once he improves his standings amongst the israeli you be pick-- public, netanyahu will be more compliant, why? because the israeli public w
diaper. >> we know tt until recentl president obama and israeli prime minister netanyahu enjoyed what can be politely described as a somewhat strained relationship. on april 7 of last year, the "new york times" reported benjamin netanyahu and mitt romney enjoyed a warm relationship. almost one year later, the israelis have given obama a medal. they appear to be on the same page on iran. >> diplomacy and sanctions have not stopped iran's nuclear programs. diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by a clear and credible threat of military action. >> we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> will this story have a happy ending? >> this story will not have a happy ending. what we saw this week was barack obama at his best, connecting with an audience, and he made a compelling case for the need for a two-state solution, the security of israel and the well- being of the region. >> charles? >> the emphasis has been on personality. what happened is obama changed his positions on the settlement and the peace process. he realized he made a terrible mis
president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu hold a historic news conference in jerusalem. there are lots of conflicting reports today about a possible chemical weapons attack in syria and we are told that will be one of the top issues that we'll hear about right here in the next 50 minutes. and welcome to "america live," i'm megyn kelly. right now, president obama and the israeli prime minister are meeting behind closed doors. we expect to hear them both within the hour. the president's trip comes at a dangerous time for the jewish state and the entire region. to israel's west, questions about the muslim brotherhood and political stability in egypt. and to the east, syria, in the grips of an allout civil war and just 24 hours ago we received reports that chemical weapons may have been used against one side or the other. and of course, there is the constant threat from iran which president obama himself warned could be less than a f having a nuclear weapon. so as we await this historical-making news conference we want to check in with our own leland vittert live with the h
for obama and netanyahu, of course, is dealing with the palestinians with israel locked into the expansion of settlements at the very time that the palestinians are saying there is nothing to talk about and israel continues to posture. >> all right, bob franken, thank you for your time. we appreciate it. >>> thank you. >> turning to sports, an amazing nba come back. a homecoming in cleveland for lebron james who had a triple-double as miami overcame a 27 point deficit and the heat squeaked by the cavs 98-95 and in the process upped their 24th straight win. >>> in the first round of the ncaa tournament, two number 16 seeds and james madison university beat liu brooklyn 68-55 to advance to the second round which starts tomorrow with 16 games. they'll play top seed indiana friday. >>> and then two number 13 seeds, will he sal debeated boise state. they advance to face kansas state. >>> president obama filled out his ncaa brackets. he predicted number one seed louisville will make it to the final fourment he also chose ohio state, florida gators and indiana, his choice to win it all, indiana.
. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says he believes that president obama is determined to keep iran from developing nuclear weapo weapons. he reiterated israel's determination to take military action necessary. the two leaders discussed reports about the use of chemical weapons in syria. crossing of president obama's red line. we have fox team coverage tonight. rosen looks at the iran issue but we begin with ed henry in jerusalem with worries over the deadly action in neighboring syria. hello, ed. >> reporter: good evening, bret. most significant with the president's strong tone throwing out the possibility of military action. he has issued the warpings before. >> talking tough in the first public comments that chemical weapons have been used in syria, president obama said the regime in damascus will be held accountable. >> when you start seeing weapons that can cause potential devastation and mass casualties, and you let that genie out of the bottle, then you are looking potentially at even more horrific scenes than we have already seen in syria. international community has to act
. president obama also visited the holocaust memorial joining president peres and prime minister netanyahu as well as secretary of state john kerry as well. and in nearby bethlehem, president obama toured the church of the nativity. the biblical birth place of jesus. he did that with the palestinian president mahmoud abbas. the president then held one more scheduled meeting with benjamin netanyahu before taking that 35-minute flight to jordan. martin fletcher has the very latest on that 50-minute news conference that we all saw there. martin, let's start with the news conference. the president and king abdullah. they spent a great deal of time on what had been the dominant themes during the trip. iran, syria and the palestinian peace process. what struck you most from the news conference that we just saw? >> reporter: well, what struck me most, craig, in addition to the call for the desperately urgent need for a peace agreement, or the peace process between israel and the palestinians and the question of how to stop iran from developing a nuclear weapon. we've been hearing that for the las
arguments." today, during a highly publicized visit to israel, president obama assure benjamin netanyahu that the u.s. will do everything in its power to prevent iran from retaining nuclear weapons. so what do you think? will this policy work? will the president's vow to deter iran from a nuclear strategy actually do that? you can weigh in or tweet us at nightline or at terry moran. "world news now" is next with overnight breaking news. check in with "good morning america." they're working while you're sleeping and we're always online at abcnews.com.
, but netanyahu joked he'd help mr. obama slip away. >> well, we've picked up a few cafes and bars in tel aviv and we've prepared a fake mustache for you. >> reporter: they toured missiles that the u.s. helped develop. and israelis credit with saving lives last november shooting down hamas missiles. the obama message to israel, america has your back. tomorrow the focus will shift to the israeli palestinian conflict. president obama will visit the west bank, talk to the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas. live from washington, i'm steve handelsman. >> thanks so much, steve. >>> back here u.s. representative eric swolwell held the first live chat during a city council meeting. he held the conference via skype. he gave an update on congress and answered questions. sowell says he's trying to make lawmakers more accessible to their constituents through technology. >>> the tsa is on damage control after an airport screener was insensitive -- accused of being insensitive to a handicapped veteran. now a congressman is getting involved. 22-year-old corporal torran gull lost his legs in afghanistan. he an
'm not the only one who's suspicious of obama's committment to israel. so is the prime minister benjamin netanyahu. during the 2012 campaign, netanyahu all but endorsed obama's opponent-- what is your name? [cheers and applause] i know this. i know this. i know this. don't tell me. matz latke? bris schmaltzy? putz schmuckney? what, whatever. jim? >> prime minister netanyahu pretty much aligned himself with governor romney. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu, who really threw his full support, it seemed at times behind mitt romney. >> you know they've known each other since the 1970s when they worked together in a consulting firm. >> you've been a personal friend of mine and a strong friend of the state of israel. >> stephen: that might make obama's trip a little awchward! [laughter] will obama's trip be a success? will he insult the palestinians by eating the israeli delicacy falafel or will he insult the israelis by eating the palestinan delicacy falafel? [laughter] here to discuss the chosen people is my chosen guest, please welcome israeli ambassador to the united states, michael oren. [cheer
, john? >> wolf, after the news conference president obama and prime minister netanyahu both saying they'd like to bring back the peace process and the prime minister saying he wished the palestinians would come back to the bargaining table without any preconditions. one of the preconditions is the continued construction of israeli settlements in the west bank. it's also been a huge source of contention and friction between president obama, prime minister netanyahu. mr. obama never used the word settlement today but, wolf, it is still a big obstacle. new construction in the israeli settlement clearing ground for new homes and complicating any hopes for peace. just across the way a bigger test. the push to build hundreds more on the west bank parcel israel calls e-1. the land is prepared. the water lines are in place. the police station, too. the final step, a government green light, would make the mayor happy and infuriate the white house. >> i expect my prime minister to take care of our young couples that have been born here. now there are young couples who want to live by their famili
to perceive a credible threat if that is military. with president obama and netanyahu standing together on the question of iran in a way they have not done before, iran if they are watching and calculation is smart. >> everybody talks about the jewish vote and how it will go republican and maybe it does with reagan and mcgovern against nixon, is this really a problem for obama at all that he has a problem with the jewish community electorally? >> even mcgovern won two-thirds of the jewish vote in defeat. the jewish vote has been among the most stable in american politics, between two-thirds and three-quarters for democrats since fdr and al smith in 1958 because americans vote to the left on domestic issues, they don't primarily vote on israel and why these things don't change very much. i don't think it has to do with the jewish vote at all, with obama's views about american national issues. >> what about the man in jail for 28 years, the longest in any country. not spying on us but arabs. it seems if the makes this statement apology, belief he shouldn't have done it, what do you think?
: president barack obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu have focused on israel. shortly after arriving president barack obama toured a missile which was largely funned by the u.s. it is credited with intercepting more than 400 rockets. now they are shifting to the nuclear program and president barack obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu are disagreeing on how close iran is to making a nuclear bomb. but the president's quick speech sent a message to iran about the relationship between israel and u.s. >> we have for the past 65 years united states is proud to stand with you assets greatest ally and its friend. >> reporter: they do not expect agreements to come out of his trip but we will talk more about what is at stake on this trip when i see you next, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> time now 4:14, a teen in ohio has been sentenced to life in prison for a school shooting rampage that caused three deaths. tj lane appeared in court and when he came to court he wore a t-shirt which said killer and he smirked at the teens' parents who were killed as they read their em
, and -- no expense is being scared. three years ago, benjamin netanyahu publicly lectured president obama about the realities of middle eastern politics in his own office. the president looked on ashen face. spokesman are said to regard the other with suspicion, and despite recent efforts to dispel that perception, there is still no special chemistry. >> they had issues. i can recall the issues. there was some kind of tension between both sides, but even though they seem to say we must understand, we must remember, but behind personal feelings, there are interests. >> the state of the economy and social affairs was a big issue in the recent israeli elections. barack obama is likely to find a new israeli government less concerned about peace talks but very preoccupied about the unstable state of the wider region. what mr. obama will hear from his israeli counterparts is israel is very jittery. they are preparing for a fallout as syria disintegrates and hezbollah rearms. >> we are getting ready to shoot back and to be much more aggressive or much more decisive in this war in order to make this wa
netanyahu. then in jerusalem, president obama will hold separate meetings with netanyahu and peres. the form he residence already hoisting a u.s. flag and even rolled out a red carpet for the president. while in jerusalem, mr. obama will also view the dead sea scrolls and visit an official holocaust memorial. the center piece of this trip will be a speech to israeli college and university students. the president will receive a medal of distinction. the trip also includes a trip to the west bank with a stop in ramallah. he will meet with mr. abbas. he will also visit the church of the nativity in bethlehem. then the president will travel to jordan and meet with king abdullah. joining us to talk about his trip, p.j. crowley and msnbc contributor, good to see both of you this afternoon. >> nice to see you. >> p.j., let's start with you. this is opposite of his 2009 trip. this is what some have called a double kiss to the israelis and palestinians at the same time. a lot of analysis and scrutiny has been devoted to the relationship between president obama and benjamin netanyahu. just in the past
of his imagination happy anniversary--dick. president obama landed in israel to kick off a largely symbolic two-day trip to the region. after being greeted by israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and shimon perez at the airport, he held a private meeting with the recently re-elected netanyahu. the two then held a joint press conference where the three major topics werecy conflict in syria iran's pursuit of nuclear weapon and restarting the floundering israeli-palestinian peace process. today both obama and netanyahu expressed agreement with the about the need of new efforts on the two-state solution. >> so let me be clear. israel remains fully committed to peace and to the solution of two states for two people. >> an central element of lasting peace must be a strong and secure jewish state where israel's security concerns are met, along side a sovereign and independent palestinian state. >> john: which a now has been america's stated view for almost 20 years. joining us now to discuss day one of beam's israeli trip is comedian writer maysoon zayid and chief in the forward jane
intense conversation of time that netanyahu and obama ever spent together. obama said there's no leader he has except more time with than than netanyahu. but each one has -- there's some sober expectations. they have been at this four years already. obama knows that netanyahu maybe doesn't have rabbi ins -- each one comes to the meeting with more sober expectations, and that could be a good thing, i think. i would say that -- from the israel side, my sense is that, i just thought i would lay out how i saw that conversation and lay out some other key points, sirra, lebanon, and the palestinian issue. on the iran issue, i think it's clear that the netanyahu people go in believing what does it take away when they hear the sequester has been moved or that diplomacy has been in their view indecisive. how do they relate to that? and so -- then there's the red line that dennis mentioned and the iaea report in which the israeli said there's 180-kilograms of 20% our rainum. now they're down to 168. so, netanyahu will say i've been vindicated. redlines work. i told you so, mr. president. and netanya
, syria, and making peace with the palestinians. except that mr. netanyahu started without -- started with iran and mr. obama ended with it. let's listen to what mr. obama had to say. >> notwithstanding our efforts and success in mobilizing the international community, diplomacy and sanctions have not stopped iran's nuclear program. and you know my views are that in order to do so, diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by clear and credible threat of military action. in this regard, mr. president, i want to thank you once again for always making clear that israel must be able to defend itself by itself against any threat. mr. netanyahu has made similar statements before, but tonight in those remarks he was absolutely emphatic. pressure on iran was not working. there had to be a clear threat. and emphasizing at israel's right to strike on its own if necessary. but mr. obama also had very strong wortman ahkeem to iran as well. iranr policy is to prevent from acquiring a nuclear weapon. we prefer to do it -- to resolve this diplomatically. there is still time to do so. iran's leaders
they think iran might acquire that capability. these are not netanyahu and israel and obama here not the best of friends. so anything they can do to kind of ease what has been kind of four years of tension between the two would be good so they get on the same page. egypt, you know, the arab spring and the transition from dictatorship, which might have been a dictatorship, but nonetheless certainly helped in terms of the middle east balance of power because it did have a peace treaty with israel. that hasn't gone so well. we're talking about the war in syria spilling over into israel. there's no shortage of things to talk about. and i think i would also just add that presidents in second terms use a broader palette when they go after issues. they are looking at the history books. every president has tried to do something about middle east peace in particular between israel and the palestinians. i think that clock also ticks for the president. >> and how important is it for the u.s. and israel to see eye-to-eye, namely the leaders of this country, to see eye-to-eye specifically at a time when t
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